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“Goodfellas” actor Lorraine Bracco to renovate Sicilian home for HGTV

Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Goodfellas actress Lorraine Bracco is to take a break from Hollywood to renovate a 200-year-old Sicilian home for Discovery’s home improvement network HGTV. Produced by Discovery Studios, My Big Italian Adventure will ...
September 16, 2020

Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Goodfellas actress Lorraine Bracco is to take a break from Hollywood to renovate a 200-year-old Sicilian home for Discovery’s home improvement network HGTV.

Produced by Discovery Studios, My Big Italian Adventure will follow Bracco’s (pictured) journey from California to the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea on the Bel Paese (beautiful country) as she tackles the transformation of a 1,075-square-foot property in the hilltop town of Sambuca di Sicilia.

Bracco will enlist the help of contractor Piero, translator Cynthia, several American friends, an architect, and other local experts to undertake the massive renovation project she purchased for just €1.

“I believe life is an adventure,” said Bracco in a statement. “When I saw the article that you could buy a house in Sambuca for one euro, I jumped on it. So, I came on the plane. I bought the house. I’m very excited to be here, meet and work with the locals, and live amongst them. I’m here to pay homage to my family that comes from Sicily.”

The Sambuca one-euro program was created by the mayor to help sell the town’s vacant homes, which must be completely renovated within three years of purchase, according to HGTV.

The bargain price point comes with a catch as the centuries-old home has no electricity, running water, kitchen or bathrooms. In addition, the home must be gutted down to the studs due to deteriorating floors, crumbling walls and a dilapidated roof.

For Discovery Studios, Sandy Jarrell and Suzanne Rauscher serve as executive producers.

My Big Italian Adventure premieres Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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